Applying for a Master Licence

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Any business that engages in security activities must hold a Master Licence.

  • Master Licences cannot be transferred.

To qualify for a Master Licence you must:

  • Satisfy stringent integrity requirements in relation to the nominated licence holder and close associates of the business.
  • Declare details of close associates who have a financial or other interest in your business.

Close Associates:

A Close Associate is a person who:

  • Holds or will hold any relevant financial interest in the business (ie. any share in the capital or any entitlement to receive income from the business).
  • Currently is, or will be, entitled to exercise any relevant power in the business (ie. exercising any managerial influence in the running of the business).

* Advice in relation to the scope of this requirement may be obtained by contacting the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate.

To apply for a Master Licence you must:

  • Obtain and complete an 'Application for a Master Licence' (P641, P642 or P643 form). Applications can be obtained from the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate or downloaded from this site.
  • Provide your Australian Business Number (MANDATORY) and a copy of your Business and Company Registration Certificate (unless you are a Sole Trader and do not trade under a business name). *NOTE: Corporations and Government Agencies operating under a business name must be shown as the proprietor on the Certificate of Registration of Business Name.
  • Provide particulars of all close associates.
  • Provide evidence that you are a permanent Australian resident.
  • Include payment of the full licence fee either by cheque, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • Post the application to the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate. (NB. The SLED does not have counter facilities. All applications must be sent by mail. Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted).
  • When your application is received, you will be required to attend a Police Station to have your fingerprints taken.
  • When your application is approved a certificate style, paper licence will be sent to you by mail.

Applying for a Class 1 or Class 2 Security Licence


NOTE: It is an offence under Section 33(2) of the Security Industry Act to knowingly make any representation or statement in an application that is false or misleading. This offence carries a maximum penalty of $5500. The licence application will also be refused.